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BFBS Ice-Cream Van
The BFBS Ice-Cream Van is once more on the road across the UK. Its mission – morale! The BFBS Ice-Cream Van achieves this by dishing out free ice-cream with sprinkles of hundreds and thousands to Forces families.
BFBS’s Chris Pratt, now known as OC Ice-Cream Ops, wants to hear from Unit Welfare Officers who would like a visit from the morale-on-wheels machine. Chris said:
If you’re having a families day or just want to get us along to dispense some cheer and maybe record a few dedications and messages, just give me a call. Our first priority will be families of those deployed on Operations, but we’ll consider any requests!Contact him on 07803 590580 or Chris.Pratt@bfbs.com.
The bespoke ice-cream van was made especially for BFBS by old family firm Whitby Morrison, the world’s largest manufacturer of ice-cream vans. Stuart Whitby, MD of Whitby Morrison, says:
We are delighted to team up with BFBS to support the families of our servicemen and women deployed on operations. We can’t get an ice-cream van into Afghanistan to cool down the boys and girls out there, but at least we can raise a smile with their families back home.
Since BFBS’s Op Ice-Cream van was first launched in August 2010, it has travelled over 27,000 miles visiting hundreds of military bases across the UK, and handed out over twenty-two thousand free ice-cream cones.
BFBS is available on DAB Digital Radio in the UK, on FM across the Forces world, on Sky Guide 0211, Freesat Channel 786, www.bfbs.com and via the BFBS smartphone app. If you have family, friends or loved ones currently based overseas with the Forces, then remember you can send a message of support online at www.bfbs.com/messages
War Diaries Talk
Sister Edith Appleton served with the QAIMNS(R) during the Great War and her war diary was recently published as A Nurse at the Front: The Great War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton. Her nephew is giving talks about her experiences with extracts read out from her diary. These talks take place throughout the UK and includes the Imperial War Museum, the National Army Museum, the Florence Nightingale Museum and at local schools and community halls. Details of the next event can be found at
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My PTSD assistance dog, Lynne, and I have written a book about how she helps me with my military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, and depression. I talk about my time in the QAs and the coping strategies I now use to be in my best health.
Along the way, I have had help from various military charities, such as Help for Heroes and The Not Forgotten Association and royalties from this book will go to them and other charities like Bravehound, who paired me with my four-legged best friend.
I talk openly about the death of my son by suicide and the help I got from psychotherapy and counselling and grief charities like The Compassionate Friends.
The author, Damien Lewis, said of Lynne:
"A powerful account of what one dog means to one man on his road to recovery. Both heart-warming and life-affirming. Bravo Chris and Lynne. Bravo Bravehound."
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Former Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner Jason Harper witnesses a foreign jet fly over his Aberdeenshire home. It is spilling a strange yellow smoke. Minutes later, his wife, Pippa, telephones him, shouting that she needs him. They then get cut off. He sets straight out, unprepared for the nightmare that unfolds during his journey. Everyone seems to want to kill him.
Along the way, he pairs up with fellow survivor Imogen. But she enjoys killing the living dead far too much. Will she kill Jason in her blood thirst? Or will she hinder his journey through this zombie filled dystopian landscape to find his pregnant wife?
The Fence is the first in this series of post-apocalyptic military survival thrillers from the torturous mind of former British army nurse, now horror and science fiction novel writer, C.G. Buswell.
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Infection Prevention Society Ambulance Forum
Infection Prevention Society Ambulance Forum – “Bugs and Battlefields” Infection Prevention and Control in Emergency Care. Delegate registration is now open for the IPS Ambulance Forum One Day Study Day. Further details can be found at
Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons special event:
Helping the Wounded: Disability and the Military
The Defence Medical Services and National Health Service wards are treating more injured servicemen and women who will require long-term treatment and assistance during their recovery and adaption to new life-styles.
Newspapers highlight stories of the issues faced by the wounded - and this free talk will discuss the nature of modern war injuries, the recovery processes for those wounded and injured on operational duty and what the future holds for the new generation of disabled ex-servicemen and women.
Speakers include Colonel David Richmond, the most senior serviceman to be wounded in Afghanistan to date, Army orthopaedic surgeon Major Arul Ramasamy and former Royal Navy Captain Stevan Jackson of The Royal British Legion which supports the recovery of the wounded and provides welfare support to veterans. They will talk about their experiences and answer questions. The discussion will be chaired by Richard Hollingham, the BBC Science correspondent.
To book a place on this free military event at the Hunterian Museum, London, on Thursday 1 December 2011 at 7pm please call 020 7869 6560 or visit www.hunterianmuseum.org for more information.
The death of the Brotherhood will be avenged.
RAF gunner Jason Harper and a team of Special Air Service operators are enraged after the death of their brothers by a terrorist drone strike. They fly into south-eastern Yemen on a Black-op mission to gather intelligence and avenge the death of their comrades.
Can they infiltrate the Al-Queda insurgents' camp, stay undetected, and call down their own drone missile strike and get home safely?
Will they all survive to fight another day?
Operation Wrath is a free, fast-paced adventure prequel to the non-stop action The Fence series by military veteran author C.G. Buswell.
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